Today marks two weeks in our new home and even though it’s our dream home (or will be), we’ve experienced lots of feelings of homesickness. I’ve felt some guilt and emotions around those feelings, but quickly realized we built a life and a routine somewhere else and getting settled in and becoming familiar with our new home will just take time.
I believe there are a few things to do to stop feeling like a stranger in a new place even faster. I jotted down this list of things to do in our new home (@victoriabradleystudio illustrated it for me) to overcome some of those feelings and it has worked so well!
Make a meal After weeks of takeout, it felt so good and familiar to have a home-cooked meal
Set up your bedroom After a long day in a disheveled chaotic house, it was comforting to climb into our bed.
Turn on a lamp Even if a room isn’t perfect (or anywhere near it), a glowy light will warm it right up and somehow make an echo-y room feel intimate.
Take a walk around your neighborhood to get to know your new surroundings and find beauty in them.
Make a new memory. Soon your bank will be full of them, but you have to start somewhere. Plan an activity. Start a new tradition. We took pictures on the girls on our new fence for Father’s day and it felt like an instant tradition!
Put flowers on the table to make you smile throughout the day.
Hang some art Art carries so much personality with it, so even if the walls aren’t the color you plan on, hanging art is making your mark!
Organize your toiletries Do. not. live. out. of. your. toiletry. bag.
Invite a friend over. Having our friends in our new house helped us feel settled immensely! If this isn’t possible, try inviting a new neighbor over!
Make plans for your new house. During our lowest points, we brainstormed ideas for our new house. How we’re going to make it our own and that excitement cheered us right up.
The only thing left on my list is hang some art–off to it! Anything you would add?
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